Private investments include our holdings in private equity, infrastructure and real estate.
In our core direct private equity program, we acquire significant majority ownership interests in private companies in North America, the U.K. and Europe, with the objective of generating strong returns. We take a thoughtful approach to capital deployment and invest in companies with solid business fundamentals, strong management teams and opportunities to grow.
We also maintain a limited externally managed funds program to gain access to strategic geographies and sectors and an innovation-based program, which invests in startup high-potential, technology-based firms.
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We seek to earn strong, stable cash flows through investments in large-scale infrastructure businesses in energy, social infrastructure and transportation - primarily in North America and Europe. These businesses include regulated services with long-term delivery contracts, which are generally protected with revenue, inflation and other support, such as guarantees that contribute reliable income over the long term. We recently began targeting infrastructure investments in Australia.
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We invest in high-quality, income-producing and development properties in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Our diversified portfolio includes 59 million square feet of office, retail and industrial properties, as well as, multi-family and hotel properties, and development projects in a limited number of selected markets.
Our strategy focuses on core markets, which we define as major urban centres in Canada, the United States and Europe. In Canada, we focus on owning, managing and developing high-quality properties, while seeking new opportunities that will allow us to deliver consistent returns. Our U.S. strategy is to build a portfolio of properties and real estate-backed credit investments in primary U.S. markets, currently New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C.
In Europe, we are continuing to build a portfolio of income-producing properties and development projects, with a focus on office and retail properties in London and Paris.
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